NEW YORK (Reuters) – It is the most wonderful time of the year to make the perfect mistake.
Letters to Santa are wrongly addressed each December to an apartment on West 22nd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, far from the North Pole.
At first the couple who lived there, Jim Glaub and Dylan Parker, received a flurry of the mysteriously addressed letters from needy local families often seeking toys, warm clothing and basic necessities. By 2010, it was an avalanche.
A friend suggested that the letters be given to volunteers who wanted to fulfill the requests, like real-life elves, Glaub said. Thus, a charity known as the Miracle on 22nd Street was born.
“It’s about being bigger than yourself and giving back,” Glaub said. “And it feels so good.”
Just how the West 22nd Street address came to be known as Santa’s abode remains a mystery. Some speculate it is tied to 19th century writer Clement Clarke Moore, who was widely credited as the author of the poem that…
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